"“The most difficult part of birth is the first year afterwards. It is the year of travail – when the soul of a woman must birth the mother inside her. The emotional labor pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred.”
– Joy Kusek
POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES
I offer traditional postpartum doula care, as well as birth trauma support and postpartum ritual care.
As your postpartum doula, I serve as a quiet, efficient extra set of hands, a sympathetic ear and a reassuring presence. Some days my role will be to offer helpful suggestions for breastfeeding, tidy up your kitchen or demonstrate infant care tasks, and other days, it will be to listen, give a hug and provide non-judgmental validation about whatever you are struggling with. Hallmarks of my approach include fixing small snacks, teas and water for you on the nightstand or wherever you are feeding your baby, and checking in with you about how things are going over a warm foot bath.
My goal is for you to feel that someone is looking out for and tending to YOU while simultaneously fostering your ability to stand on your own two feet.
MY ROLE AS YOUR POSTPARTUM DOULA:
I strive to STRENGTHEN your confidence in your own instincts, your ability to speak and actualize your needs and your connection to your baby, partner and other family members, so that following the completion of our time together you are well positioned to mother your baby and relate to your other family members from a place of SATISFACTION, BALANCE, AND FULLNESS.
Postpartum doulas fill an important gap in modern life, where families are spread out and neighbors often don't know each other enough to ask for or give assistance during such a vulnerable time. With high rates of postpartum depression and traumatic birth, lack of sufficient (or any) paid leave for most mothers and fathers, and general lack of support after hospital discharge, postpartum doulas provide invaluable services: easing the shock of life with a new baby, instilling confidence, lightening the burden of other household obligations and setting families up for less stressful adjustment.
In addition to nonjudgmental support and reassurance, as a postpartum doula I may provide assistance with the following:
- infant care, cues and soothing
- light housekeeping, simple errands and meal/snack prep
- in-home sibling and pet care
- holding or wearing baby so mom can shower, eat, rest or spend time with older child(ren)
- recovering from and processing the birth experience
- locating outside resources for additional support
Please see the FAQs below for information on the limitations of postpartum doula care.
In-home, daytime support: $30/hr. Minimum 4 hour shifts.
Overnight support: $35/hr. 8-12 hour shifts available.
I take a non-refundable deposit of $360 to reserve your spot on my calendar. This deposit covers 12 hours of postpartum care and will be applied toward your last visit(s) with me. Payment is due in advance for all other days scheduled.
Additional fees apply in some circumstances, such as if support is rendered on a holiday or outside the home (e.g., caring for you while you are hospitalized).
A LA CARTE ADD-ONS TO POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE:
POSTPARTUM MEALTRAIN SETUP
MealTrain is an online service allowing family & friends to sign up to bring you food after the baby is born. I can organize your MealTrain so that you can rely on others to cook and bring you food. COST: $60
MAGICAL POSTPARTUM PADSICLES
RITUAL BATH AND SEALING CEREMONY
Enjoy a nourishing milk & honey bath followed by a ceremony in which your body & the birth process are symbolically closed by wrapping you in blankets warmed with herbal heat packs. COST: $200
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A postpartum doula is dedicated to supporting the mother and new family in learning to care for the new baby themselves, while providing respite with respect to issues of household management. Services include instruction, support and information around infant care, feeding and similar, and holding the baby temporarily so that parents can break for a nap or self-care, but do not extend to taking over care of the infant or caregiving alone while the parents are unavailable (such as with a nanny, night nurse or newborn care specialist).
Unlike lay persons, postpartum doulas are professionals who are specially trained to provide emotional support and non-biased instruction around things like infant feeding and care after birth. They are able to enhance your existing support system by serving as a disinterested third party dedicated only to you. By contrast, family members are understandably emotionally invested and often see your parenting and other postpartum decisions through the lens of their own biases and experiences, which can make it difficult to identify and be confident in your own instincts, preferences and decisions. In addition, parents often find that folks they expect to help are more interested in holding the baby and visiting, creating pressure to entertain and hand off the baby when they should be resting and bonding. A doula’s role is to be a dependably non-invasive, helpful presence in your home, giving you and your partner the breathing room you need to rest and care for yourselves and your baby.
As your postpartum doula, I will not:
- drive you and/or your baby anywhere
- take over care of your infant, other child(ren), pets or family members
- engage in deep cleaning of your home
- recommend, administer or dose any infant medications, perform any newborn procedures or make any clinical diagnoses
- tell you what to do or what I would do in a given situation
- stay alone with your child(ren), pet(s) or any other family members
Refunds are not available; if I am forced to miss any pre-paid/scheduled visits due to a client in labor, illness or similar, we will either reschedule the previously purchased time or I will call in backup care, depending on your preference.